The Palace clarified on Sunday that the PDP-Laban national assembly being called by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary and party vice chairman Alfonso Cusi was ordered President Rodrigo Duterte, who is the party chairman.
This as Senator and party president Manny Pacquiao earlier tried to dismiss the holding of the PDP-Laban national assembly through a memorandum circular.
Duterte, as chairman of the PDP-Laban party, directed Cusi “to organize, convene, and preside over a council meeting of its members,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
“This move, which is part of the democratic exercise, aims to consult party members and have fruitful and productive exchanges on issues affecting PDP-Laban,” said Roque in a statement on Sunday.
Pacquiao, however, had other things in mind, as he issued a memorandum saying the “said invitation letter is not sanctioned by Authorized National Council officials and violates Section 4 and Section 5, Article XVI, Constitution of the PDP Laban.”
Pacquiao also warned Cusi last March 12 not to “divide” the party after the DOE Secretary reportedly went around the country to meet with party members over a resolution asking Duterte to run for vice president in next year’s polls.
The PDP-Laban national assembly being convened by Cusi will assess the program of the party in support of Duterte’s program.
“The agenda of the PDP-Laban National Council Assembly as clearly stated in our letter to our party mates is to assess where the party is, in terms of providing support to the programs of our party-chairman and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Cusi said in a statement last Friday. SOVEREIGNPH